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Biographies & Non Fiction

Nautical & Sailing Biographies and Non Fiction Books


If you are a fan of real life stories, first or second hand accounts of sailing be it a dramatic Fastnet or a family sharing their account of a year at sea the Captain Watts Library has a good selection of nautical non fiction books and biographies. This is a wide category covering everything from Sue Pelling Sail for a Living, A C Stock Sailing Just for Fun to Total Loss by Paul Gelder with dramatic accounts of yacht losses at sea. Have a browse and find the best non fiction sailing accounts, anecdotes and true stories we can find. 

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Biographies & Non Fiction

Nautical & Sailing Biographies and Non Fiction Books


If you are a fan of real life stories, first or second hand accounts of sailing be it a dramatic Fastnet or a family sharing their account of a year at sea the Captain Watts Library has a good selection of nautical non fiction books and biographies. This is a wide category covering everything from Sue Pelling Sail for a Living, A C Stock Sailing Just for Fun to Total Loss by Paul Gelder with dramatic accounts of yacht losses at sea. Have a browse and find the best non fiction sailing accounts, anecdotes and true stories we can find. 

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Building Small Boats
Building Small Boats
This is probably the best book for Carvel and traditional lapstrake (clinker) boatbuilding for under 25-footers; taking you through the process in a simple, user-friendly way.
£21.50 *
Coasting Bargemaster
Coasting Bargemaster
This fascinating work provides a vivid picture of the romance and realism of coastal trade, initially in a schooner, then in Thames spiritsail sailing barges before and during the war. The author vividly recounts the havoc experienced by...
£9.95 *
Dive Into History Activity Book
Dive Into History Activity Book
Let Professor Archie O'Logy guide you through this exciting Activity Book filled with fascinating facts and activities (cartoons, codes, colouring, puzzles, etc). Find out what maritime archaeologists do and how they carry out their work...
£2.99 *
Fastnet Force 10
Fastnet Force 10
In August 1979, the 600-mile Fastnet Race, which began in fine weather off the Irish coast, became a terrifying ordeal. A Force 10, 60-knot storm, with a speed that confounded weathermen, swept across the Atlantic into the fleet of 303...
£11.95 *
Last of the Sailormen
Last of the Sailormen
Last of the Sailormen is a fascinating first-hand tale of life aboard a Thames barge, which were the last sailing vessels in the UK to carry a commercial cargo. The last of them all was the Cambria, and Bob Roberts was her skipper. A...
£8.95 *
Magic of the Swatchways
Magic of the Swatchways
A beautiful gift edition of a much loved classic, this edition has lost none of the charm which endeared it to generations of sailors since its first publication in 1932. In the words of John Leather, 'few sailing books became classics...
£12.99 *
Only So Many Tides
Only So Many Tides
This is the sailing autobiography of Jon Wainwright, a well-known figure on the East Coast and in Old Gaffer circles. He and his boat Deva have had half a lifetime of experience together and this book is an extraordinarily detailed...
£9.95 *
Phoenix from the Ashes
Phoenix from the Ashes
Many sailors dream of a quiet life living aboard a classic yacht. Few reach that dream following the same path as Justin Ruthven-Tyers and his wife. After a fire destroyed everything they owned, the couple decided to build their own...
£8.99 *
Photography at Sea
Photography at Sea
In this full-colour, highly illustrated guide one of the world's leading yachting photographers explains how to get the best shot. The book looks at all the elements a budding yachting photographer will need to cover, including:...
£19.99 *
Salt Marsh & Mud. A Year's Sailing on the Thames Estuary
Salt Marsh & Mud. A Year's Sailing on the...
Salt Marsh & Mud tales through a Sailing Year is a collection of intertwined stories about cruising around the Lower Thames, Swale and River Medway in Kent. In the yachting literary world the area has often been overlooked, however Nick...
£16.99 *
Swatchways & Little Ships
Swatchways & Little Ships
Maurice Griffiths cruised for 50 years in a variety of small yachts amongst the creeks and rivers of the Thames Estuary and East Coast. This classic reprinted book reflects on those boats and those times, a sort of stream of...
£14.99 *
The Accidental Sailor
The Accidental Sailor
In 1976 New Zealander Rod Heikell decided to take his twenty foot boat, Roulette, out of the sheltered waters of the Solent on a adventure. Passing through the Bay of Biscay, Rod sailed on to the isle of Corsica, then to Italy and on to...
£9.50 *
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